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Media freedom declining - rights body

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By  Ephraim Kasozi

Posted  Tuesday, December 17  2013 at  02:00

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Mr Robert Ssempala, the national coordinator of HRNJU, said the current media environment is worsening by the day which calls for individual journalists step up the move to defend and promote their rights and freedoms.

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Kampala- The consistent arrest and detention of free and independent media practitioners has increasingly narrowed down space for the critical stage, a journalist rights body has lamented.

Human Rights Network for Journalists Uganda (HRNJ-U) said in a statement yesterday the high number of cases in connection with alleged violation of media freedom have exceeded last year’s incidents which indicates an endangered working environment for the media.

Mr Robert Ssempala, the national coordinator of HRNJU, said the current media environment is worsening by the day which calls for individual journalists step up the move to defend and promote their rights and freedoms.
“We have witnessed this through closure of media houses, suspension of journalists as well as arrest and detention of others. This is threatening media houses and forcing them into self censorship,” said Mr Ssempala.

According to Mr Ssempala, there is a need for the state to show good will of promoting the media freedom by ensuring that all violations against the media are thoroughly investigated and culprits brought to book.

ekasozi@ug.nationmedia.com